A colourful celebration at Correctional Services

Leading the domba dance was Livhuwani Mudau followed by Mpho Mafanywa, Lisbeth Shibambu, Agnes Maphokane, Vongani Munene and Margaret Ramokgopa.

The officials of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) gather in Krugersdorp’s recreational area annually to display their pride – and this year was no different.

The culturally inspired heritage event took place on Wednesday, 4 October, when hundreds of officials dressed up, danced and dined traditionally. The two partnering organisations, Old Mutual and the Government Employees Medical Scheme, also graced the event as judges of the cultural dance competition.

For starters, chicken feet and necks were on the menu, as well as roti with Indian curry.

Social worker and programme director, Sophie Rampou, was the master of ceremonies, dressed in a bright oriental outfit. Her colleague, DCS chaplain, Nteseleng Mangkga opened the proceedings in prayer.

“Heritage Day is one of the most significant holidays in the South African calendar and should not only be celebrated during heritage month,” said Sophie.

The vha-Venda group of people paved the way for other cultural groups, as they were the first dancing group in the competition to take to the stage. Then followed the Indian and English groups who merged their dance and put on a theatrical performance portraying the beauty of their roots. The biggest group was that of the Tsonga people, who received the most cheers and applause from audience members. Although the Tswana people are the most numerous in Krugersdorp according to Statistics South Africa, they surprisingly had only one representative who took to the stage to dance. She was joined later on by the young cultural Tswana dancers, who are not part of the DCS. There were officials who dressed in the Nguni (AmaZulu, AmaXhosa, AmaSwazi and AmaNdebele) cultural attire, however no one was confident enough to perform the dances of the Nguni group.

Supply Chain Senior Administrator, Mpho Molokwane; Commissioner’s Office Secretary, Puleng Bodila and Administration Clerk, Winisa Hlungwani.

Food plays a vital part in South Africa’s cultural uniqueness, and after the first round of performances, starters consisting of roti or chapati ( Indian flat-bread) with Indian curry, and amanqina or chicken necks and feet, were served.

The second round of performances, which kicked off immediately after the starters, was followed by the main course which accommodated every South African taste, and malva pudding and custard for dessert.

Sophie then took to the stage the announce the results of the performances. The English and Indian group placed third, the runner-up was the soloist from the Tswana group, and the unanimous winners were the popular Tsonga group who ended the event by entertaining the audience with a victory dance.

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